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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - APRIL 24: Signs along the city highways in Charlotte caution people to stay at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on April 24, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The governor of North Carolina, Roy Cooper, recently extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 8 as he looks to open the state in three phases. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
The pandemic is taking its toll on people not just physically, but mentally. Thousands of people are out of work and the number of COVID cases is steadily increasing. It’s a recipe for stress and anxiety.
However, Mecklenburg County’s COVID-19 Renewal and Recovery Task Force want to counter that. It will hold a virtual town hall on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. The community is invited to participate. Several experts will be on hand to discuss various topics related to COVID-19. Topics like the mental and emotional effects of the pandemic, how to manage COVID-19 stress and anxiety, and how to access local mental health resources.

Panelists will include:

– Gibbie Harris, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director
– Kathy Rogers, Executive Director of Mental Health America of Central Carolinas
– O’Neale Atkinson IV, LCSWA, Interim Executive Director of Time Out Youth

The town hall will be moderated by Dr. Gina Navarrete, neuropsychologist and member of the COVID-19 Task Force, and Dr. Aalece Pugh-Lilly, Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services Division Director of Clinical and Contractual Services. To access the virtual town hall, residents can visit

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